The papal apartments are not as lavish as the press would make you think, making all other popes who have moved into them look bad compared to the good Pope Francis. As you can see by the floor plan, the actual papal apartment isn't that lavish at all, but I suspect it is isolating.
Since Pope Francis likes simplicity, it was thought that he stayed in the Vatican Motel 6 because of that concern. Actually, the Holy Father says it is for psychiatric reasons, living alone is not good for him.
This is what he said to a young person today who had the temerity to ask him why he doesn't live in the papal apartments:
"It is not just a matter of wealth, it is a matter of personality: I have the need to live among people. If I lived by myself, perhaps somewhat isolated, this would not be good to me. A professor asked me that: why don't you go live there, and I answered him: listen, professor, for psychiatric reasons! But it's my personality. The apartment - the Pope specified - is not so much luxurious, [it is] quiet, but I cannot live by myself.
"And then - he continued - I believe that the times speak to us of so much poverty in the world, this [poverty] is a scandal! In a world in which we have so much wealth, and so many resources to feed all, it cannot be understood how many hungry children there are, so many children without education, so many poor people. Poverty today is a cry, we all must consider if we can become a bit poorer. How can I become a bit poor in order to look like Jesus, Poor Master?"
My only question to the Holy Father and I mean this in all respect and sincerity, "isn't is a waste not to use the residence that is already paid for and doesn't inconvenience the Vatican Motel 6 staff? The same with all the vestments popes wear--they are paid for and what a waste of beauty and art in not using them and allowing one's personality to trump the papal mystery. You are Peter!